Test outcomes and features of NTS Assessments

How were the tests standardised?

Every paper has been trialled on more than 1,000 children per year group in the 2018/19 academic year, from a nationally representative sample of schools across England. To guarantee a valid standardisation, these children sat each paper in the term in which it is intended to be sat: Autumn papers in November, Spring papers in March, and Summer papers in June. 

Test outcomes and features

What does this mean for you?

Standardised score

See whether a pupil’s attainment is above or below the national average for their year cohort.

Age standardised score

See how a pupil is performing against other pupils at the same age, calculated in years and months.

Reading/Maths age

Get a quick measure of attainment against the age at which a pupil’s performance is typical.

Strand/topic analysis, including strand national average

See strengths and weaknesses across the curriculum to inform teaching.

Facility value for every question

See the percentage of pupils who answered each question correctly in the standardisation trial.

Performance indicators

Identify whether pupils are meeting performance expectations for their year.

NTS scale

Measure pupil progress with this independent scale. Useful for tracking and predicting performance of children who are working outside of their age range but continue to make small increments of progress for their year.

National Test-style papers

Written by experience National Test authors, combining test development knowledge with an understanding of how content works in the classroom.

Standardised in 2018/19

Compare performance and progress of your Year 1 to 6 pupils with confidence.

Free online mark schemes and test guidance

Provided free with every purchase, meaning that you don’t have to carry a heavy book around with you! What’s more, multiple teachers can access the documents at the same time.

Free comprehensive curriculum maps

Ease planning and ensure that all content is taught before administering the tests with free comprehensive curriculum maps that work alongside White Rose Maths, Maths Mastery and other popular schemes.

Free access to online assessment and reporting tool, MARK

Trusted by over 6,000 schools for valid, easy-to-use assessment and reporting and used by teachers to analyse over 4 million papers.

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